The French media rated their own players very harshly after win v Croatia

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The World Cup is finally over.

After one of the most enjoyable months in many young fans' footballing memory, France will be going home with the coveted Jules Rimet trophy.

Les Bleus have comfortably been the most complete side out in Russia and beat Croatia 4-2 in Luzhniki Stadium to claim the crown.

France's first two goals were down to a bit of luck as Mario Mandzukic nodded into his own net and Antoine Griezmann converted a penalty after a dubious VAR decision on Ivan Perisic's handball.

The Croatian winger had scored to make it 2-1, but Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappe made sure the trophy was heading back to Paris in the second-half.

Hugo Lloris' horrendous error luckily didn't matter, with Mandzukic capitalising to get a morsel of revenge.

Nevertheless, the performance was France was pretty strong. They were strong defensively, combative in midfield and fluent going forward.

But it seems top French source L'Equipe were not too pleased with all of Didier Deschamps' side.

In fact, they scored five out of the six players that started the match with a rating of five or less.


Fan favourite N'Golo Kante was the lowest with three, with Deschamps actually substituting the Chelsea man early in the second half as he was on a yellow card.

Blaise Matuidi and Olivier Giroud both picked up unexpected four out of ten ratings, while Benjamin Pavard somehow scored only five.

The right-back was caught out a few times by the dangerous Perisic, but appeared to have a good game overall.

Lloris was the other player to pick up a five, which is probably the only deserving rating after his horrific error for Mandzukic's goal.


You can see the full player ratings both side below.

And we thought the English media was harsh?

Raphael Varane and Lucas Hernandez with only a six? Wow. At least Griezmann picked up a deserved eight, although, even that probably should have been higher.

Croatia Football
Benjamin Pavard
Blaise Matuidi
Ivan Perisic
N'Golo Kante
Antoine Griezmann
France Football
Paul Pogba
Olivier Giroud
Raphael Varane
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